Certificate programs consist of specialized education in specific career fields, without the general education coursework required for a degree, and designed to prepare you for early employment and/or to improve your specific job skills. You must complete at least 15 credits or two-thirds of the credit hours required for a certificate program (whichever is less) at GCC.
In most cases, the courses required to complete a certificate may be used to fulfill requirements for an associate degree in the same field. If you complete the requirements for both the certificate and the degree simultaneously, you will only receive the associate degree.
Due to the sequence in which the certificate course requirements are offered, completion of these certificate programs within the normal time frame is not possible if a student begins required coursework in January.